Do you have a favourite coffee mug or tea cup that is chipped, but you just can’t bear to throw it out? Maybe you picked up a teacup at an estate sale (like that’s every happened to me!) just because you liked it and don’t know what to do with it. Let me show you how to make a pincushion out of it.
Coffee mug or tea cup (saucer optional)
Fabric for the pincushion
Polyester fill or similar stuffing
Needle and perle cotton or thick thread for basting
We’ll be cutting a circle out of the fabric that should be at least three times the diameter of the top of the mug or cup. This will vary depending on the mug or cup you are using.
Cut out the circle of fabric and run a basting stitch about ½” in from the raw edge. Be sure to knot your thread first and use large running stitches. Pull the thread out to the outside of the circle and do not knot it yet.
Pull the basting stitching a bit so that the pincushion is starting to form and so that you can stuff it.
Stuff the circle. You will need to pull the basting stitching in as you go along to contain it.
Once the circle is filled, pull the basting stitch tight and knot off.
Now get your glue gun fired up! Run a line of glue inside the cup, partway down the side – not too close to the top as we don’t want to see the glue. Press the pincushion down inside the cup or mug and squish it around until it is the way you like it. If you are using a teacup and have a saucer, glue the saucer to the bottom of the cup.
For extra decoration, you could glue trim or ribbon, bows, etc. around the top edge of the cup or mug – buttons or other decorative items.
For a step-by-step tutorial on creating a teacup or mug pincushion, click on the image below.
Enjoy your lovely personalized just for you pincushion!
Have you ever created a pincushion using a chipped mug or one that you’ve bought at the second hand shop? Leave me a comment below to tell me about your mug or teacup pincushion experience.
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